“It’s okay for monks to use email… they just can’t have attachments”

Learning how to concentrate in a society that engineers us to be distracted

 

  1. Your mind is a vast area containing sections, anger, sadness, excitement, fear…
  2. Your awareness is a ball of light that floats around in the mind and illuminates those areas depending on where you direct it.
  3. Your awareness is the most valuable commodity in corporate consumer culture — and media constantly works to override your direction of it to get it to a place where they can benefit (profit) from it.
  4. You must wrest control of your awareness back from usurpers who endeavour to redirect it elsewhere (distraction) for purposes that do not necessarily represent your best interests.

Concentration is simply placing your awareness where you want it to go — rather than allowing other influences to place it where they want it to go.

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